Combined electronic structure and evolutionary search approach to materials design

Phys Rev Lett. 2002 Jun 24;88(25 Pt 1):255506. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.255506. Epub 2002 Jun 10.


We show that density functional theory calculations have reached an accuracy and speed making it possible to use them in conjunction with an evolutionary algorithm to search for materials with specific properties. The approach is illustrated by finding the most stable four component alloys out of the 192 016 possible fcc and bcc alloys that can be constructed out of 32 different metals. A number of well known and new "super alloys" are identified in this way.